Markets, whether large or small, keep communities thriving. But conflicts, disasters and a lack of infrastructure can prevent people from conducting the daily transactions on which all growth and progress depend. Around the world, Mercy Corps discovers why commerce is stuck.
In some places, manufacturers need loans to purchase equipment and young people desire job skills. In others, key transportation routes to market must be rebuilt or farmers require better storage to keep their inventory fresh until sold.
Our economic development projects provide financing, equipment, training or technical support. These projects help people find jobs, build their businesses, supply their communities with the goods they need —and improve their lives.
All stories about Economic opportunity
Afghanistan: Bicycle Shop Owner Runs Brisk Business
Name: Obaidulhah HabbibullahAge: 48 yearsLocation: Charqala Wazirbad, District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: A Beauty Shop of Her Own
Name: Lailuma Aslam ZadaAge: 30 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Bosnia: A Fractured Country
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal
Engineer Amir Mohammad has worked on many projects during his four years with Mercy Corps, yet there is no question about the most important one: the rehabilitation of the Darwishan Canal.
Georgia: After 15-Year Absence, Water Returns to Georgia Village
For the past 15 years, the 120 families living in Marabda have been literally thirsty for a better life.
Handicrafts Association Restores Old Traditions, Creates New Opportunities in Azerbaijan
Afghanistan: Finding a Common Ground in Kabul
Noorya and Delary don't have much in common. They live in the same sub-district of Kabul but they had never met or seen each other until they registered for work with Mercy Corps.
Business Services Project
Indonesia: A Glass of Hope
Kosovo: Livestock distribution to RAE communities program
The five municipalities selected as the target area for this project, have large populations of Roma Ashkalia and Egyptian (RAE) communities spread across twenty-two rural villages. The five municipalities include Peja/Pec, Istog/Istok, Suhareka/Suva Reka, Gjakova/ Dakovica and Decani/Deqan.